Twelve Monkeys E-Liquid
Since opening our doors back in 2015, our e-liquid collection has grown to be one of the largest and most extensive in the business. But our work ethos remains the same: providing quality, premium e-liquids, hardware, and accessories at affordable and competitive prices!
With all the new additions to our range, it’s hard to keep up sometimes. So as the pang of nostalgia creeps in, we figured it’s time to get back to our roots and revisit some of the brands that kicked off the beginning of our journey.
This is going to be the first of a multi-part revisit, but today we’re going to talk about one of our longest standings, and quite possibly one of the biggest E-liquid juggernauts out there to this day; Twelve Monkeys!
The Backstory of a Titan
We’ve been behind Twelve Monkeys since we first carried it back in 2016, carrying the full range since before the TPD regulations took over. One taste of their original range and we knew they were going to be around for a long time. To this day they are still a fan-favourite the world over, having won multiple awards for their time operating.
Twelve Monkeys run on one simple mentality: quality over quantity.
And their work shows for it, instead of pumping out sub-par e-liquids to cater to the demand, they implement a unique steeping process, allowing their juices to steep for 2 weeks before bottling and producing. This allows the flavour profiles to become a lot more cohesive and consistent across the batch, letting every single vaper who purchases to experience the same level of quality and flavour.
On top of that, they pride themselves on using the highest quality ingredients and flavours available to them, from their extensive and curating selection of reputable vendors.
These are the marks of a brand that truly cares for their customers, and one of the many reasons why people come back to purchase time and time again…well, that and the flavours are delicious!
Speaking of flavours;
Without further ado, let’s dive into some of the juices. The original lines can be split further into the following categories:
Matata: Big, bold grape on the inhale, followed by a smooth, ripe apple exhale.
Our thoughts: A top seller of this line. For anyone who loves a grape vape, this is a knockout! Powerful flavour, tangy yet sweet, it’s a go-to for many of our customers. 8/10
Macaraz: A delicious intricate confection of French macaron, nutty almonds and raspberry filling.
Our thoughts: Winner of Suck My Mod’s Best E-liquid 2016 Award. A dessert classic! The subtle hints of almond come through underneath the initial sweet, almost marzipan notes, all finished off with a delicately tangy and sweet raspberry coulis. Dessert lovers go nuts for this stuff! 7/10
Bonogurt: A perfectly balanced, luscious melody of multiple berries rounded off with creamy and tart yoghurt.
Our thoughts: Winner of Suck My Mod’s Best E-liquid 2016 Award. Something a little different for the vapers wanting a touch of creaminess to their liquids. The yoghurt is very prominent on the inhale but soon blends with the sweetness and slight tanginess of the mixed berries. Balanced, perfectly sweet and a must-try for newcomers to the Twelve Monkeys range. 7.5/10
Kanzi: This fusion of strawberries, watermelon and a hint of kiwi is sure to please the most discerning fruit connoisseur.
Our thoughts: The top seller of this line, as well as winning ECigClick’s Best Fruit E-Liquid 2017 Award. A fruity triple threat, with each flavour clearly recognisable as you vape it. It's crisp, clean, and full-flavoured nature makes one killer juice! 9/10
Mangabeys: This bright and fresh blend of Pineapple, Guava and Mango is accented by a myriad of Caribbean fruits and is the perfect companion for a day basking in the warm tropical sun.
Our thoughts: Winner of two separate awards: Best Fruit E-Liquid and Best E-Liquids of 2016, as well as my own personal recommendation/favourite. The Caribbean cousin of another liquid in the range, this thing is something else. Mango and Pineapple are predominately the main flavours, with a gently sweet guava undertone. Combine that with a mysterious mixture of Caribbean fruits, it’s a recipe for a tropical-lovers All Day Vape! 10/10
O-Rangz: A careful marriage of lemony fruits accented by wheaty cereal and finished with creamy milk.
Our thoughts: This is something a little bit different, not something for everyone as a cereal vape isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But those who love a cereal vape, you are in for a treat! The hints of lemon and fruitiness perfectly compliment the wheaty tones and creaminess running throughout the inhale and exhale. Once you pick this up, it’ll be hard to put down! 7/10
Tropika: This pleasing, but a not overpowering concoction of tropical fruits is the perfect compliment for any daydreaming, beach vacationing aficionado.
Our thoughts: Winner of ECigClick’s Best Fruit E-Liquid of 2016 Award. Again this is not a juice for everyone. The floral notes from the lychee hit you on first inhale, followed swiftly by the sweet heady flavour of guava. The interesting thing is the concoction of tropical fruits intermingling between the prominent flavours keeps you guessing every time you take a hit. For tropical vapers, this is a wonderfully surprising All Day Vape! 7/10
Congo Cream: Two distinctly different creamy vanillas to elevate the flavour of handpicked, fresh strawberries, topped off with a delicate taste of cream.
Our thoughts: This is a juice that I firmly believe can be an All Day Vape for anyone who picks it up. The fruity notes mingle with the vanilla and cream flavours to make a very rounded and pleasant flavour, designed to be enjoyed by anyone. Seriously, grab this juice ASAP! 8.5/10
Hakuna: Fuji and Granny Smith apples work in perfect harmony to create this refreshingly balanced blend, with a light Cranberry finish.
Our thoughts: Their newest flavour, and the top seller in this line. People have been going absolutely nuts over this juice, and we can see why. The sweet, crisp and clean flavour from the combination of Fuji and Granny Smith apples pair beautifully with the tart yet light cranberry finish. This is an absolute winner in ours and fans books across the world, we highly recommend picking up a bottle of this juice! 9/10
Harambae: A tangy citrus unison of grapefruit highlights fused with lemon, lime, blood orange and refreshing guava undertones.
Our thoughts: Created as a tribute to a special tribe member, everything comes together in this beautiful combination of citrus fruits. Tangy yet light, it’s guaranteed to satisfy any fruity vapers cravings. A definite winning juice for someone who loves citrus fruitiness. We all love this juice, it’s a perfect Summer ADV! 8.5/10
Moving on to their Summer release, this range is a perfect solution to beat the heat (or if you’re just a menthol/ice fan!)
Included in the new range is three iced versions of the original range (Hakuna, Matata, and Kanzi), along with two newcomers:
Nikko Iced: The snow monkey’s favorite blend of watermelon and lemonade with crushed ice!
Our thoughts: We didn’t think Twelve Monkey’s could improve any further, but boy were we wrong! This concoction of complimentary fruits and a cooling icy kick makes this one of the top contenders to beat the Summer heat! 8.5/10
Sabae Iced: Sabaeus monkeys from the coastal regions introduce their secret recipe for staying cool. A complex and vibrant sorbet with zingy notes of raspberry, lime and a hint of pineapple!
Our thoughts: Onto another winner with the heavenly mix of tangy, sweet and refreshing fruits, with that signature kick of ice. Absolutely gorgeous and a must-try for the fruity menthol lovers out there! 9/10
Twelve Monkeys went back to their roots to design a range with their customers in mind. Designed for the everyday vaper and for newcomers as well as current Monkey enthusiasts, their thinking behind these flavours are two-fold: Simple, clean flavours that anyone can vape, that are affordable and gentle on coils. The result is a great-tasting juice that’s easy on coils and can be used in any device, be it tanks, rebuildables or squonkers.
At the time of writing there are 8 flavours available:
Galago: Vivid grape highlights infused with spirited lychee to awaken those taste buds.
Our thoughts: For anyone who loves bold flavours, this is a winner. The grape takes the main stage on the inhale, quickly followed by the signature floral sweetness that the lychee provides on the exhale. We’re not great fans of lychee, but it’s definitely someone’s cup of tea. 7/10
Papio: A juicy and vibrant pineapple for your all day vaping pleasure!
Our thoughts: The bright notes of pineapple present themselves in full force throughout the entire experience, with a gently lingering sweetness on the tip of your tongue. Simply delicious. 8/10
Lemur: Tangy lime and lemon intermingle in wonderful synergy! Smooth citrus notes on the inhale and a light, gently cooled exhale.
Our thoughts: Does exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a citrus lover’s dream come true with the perfect mix of tangy and citrusy without being too dry on the throat. 8/10
Saimiri: Succulent, ripe strawberries gently dipped in a light coconut cream.
Our thoughts: Essentially a stripped down, cleaner version of Congo Cream, the strawberry is flavourful and authentic, while the coconut cream on the exhale adds a delicate sweetness and lingering creaminess that ties the whole flavour profile together beautifully. A potential ADV for the right person. 8.5/10
Patas Pipe: Full bodied tobacco, topped with a small scoop of creamy vanilla and sprinkled with rich chocolate.
Our thoughts: While we know this flavour really won’t be for everyone, a couple of us in the office have been getting more into tobacco flavours recently, and it’s surprisingly balanced all the way through. All the flavour notes have their place, chocolate being prominent on the inhale, followed by vanilla-tinged tobacco notes on the exhale. Again not a juice for everyone, but for someone looking for a well-balanced tobacco flavour? I’d grab a bottle to try it. 7/10
Puris: Featuring a delightful aromatic blend of succulent, ripe peaches, followed by a refreshing citrus punch.
Our thoughts: Now this is more like it! A gorgeous, fruity medley that combines the sweetness of peaches with the tart bite of lemon and grapefruit. We know peach isn’t some people’s favourite, but we can’t get enough of this juice! 9/10
Gattago: Featuring main notes of delicious white grapes, this is a unique and masterfully blended take on the traditional grape flavour.
Our thoughts: Being a tribute flavour to Galago and Matata but with a completely different flavour, it takes a completely different route and flavour altogether. The white grape flavour used is a far more delicate and gentle affair in comparison to the bold punch-in-the-face of purple grape. It’s fresh, light and easily an ADV flavour. If you feel like Matata or Galago was a little too much for you, give Gattago a go, we think you’ll dig it! 8/10
Shoku: A melodic blend for the berry lovers! Primary notes of raspberry and strawberry, finished off with a juicy kiss of passion fruit.
Our thoughts: Once again, a complete knockout of a juice! The raspberry and strawberry flavours give the sweetness on the inhale, while the gentle tang of passion fruit rounds the profile off wonderfully. A perfect Summer vape in our eyes, and one of our favourites! 9.5/10
It’s also worth mentioning here that the Illusions brand is also produced by Twelve Monkey’s Vapor, but we’ll be saving their breakdown for a later date!